Memory

Technology / Computers / Memory: Internal storage areas in the computer. The term memory identifies data storage that comes in the form of chips, and the word storage is used for memory that exists on tapes or disks. Moreover, the term memory is usually used as a shorthand for physical memory, which refers to the actual chips capable of holding data. Some computers also use virtual memory, which expands physical memory onto a hard disk. Every computer comes with a certain amount of physical memory, usually referred to as main memory or RAM. You can think of main memory as an array of boxes, each of which can hold a single byte of information. A computer that has 1 megabyte of memory, therefore, can hold about 1 million bytes (or characters) of information.

Other Words for Memory

Memory Verb Synonyms: recall, recollection, retention
Memory Noun Synonyms: remembrance, honor, homage, respect, tribute, celebration
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Long-Term Memory

Science / Psychiatry / Long-Term Memory: The final phase of memory in which information storage may last from hours to a lifetime. MORE

Memory Consolidation

Science / Psychiatry / Memory Consolidation: The physical and psychological changes that take place as the brain organizes and restructures information that may become a permanent part of memory. MORE

Random Access Memory (RAM)

Technology / Computers / Random Access Memory (RAM): All memory accessible at any instant by a processor. Called random because of the random placement of information within the memory bank. Operates at very high speeds on a high speed bus, to the CPU. MORE

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